Cemetery for Snyderville?
June 14, 2013
Residents of the Snyderville Basin lack something that many take for granted: a place to bury their dead. That may change in the near future should the County Courthouse decide on a new cemetery site that is being considered.
Those living in the Snyderville Basin cannot bury their dead in the Park City Cemetery, as only those living within the city limits are eligible to use it.
At Wednesday’s Summit County Council meeting, there was a visit to a possible site for a future Snyderville Basin cemetery. The land parcel being considered is at 3419 Olympic Parkway, which is located at the Olympic Park cross-country trailhead and within the 300-acre PRI property that the county owns, according to a Summit County release.
Summit County Manager Bob Jasper noted the importance of a cemetery for Snyderville Basin residents.
"People want to be buried close to home and for those residing in Snyderville Basin, this has never been an option," said Jasper, according to the release. "We are beginning the process of surveying potential areas so recommendations can be made to the Cemetery District."
Present at the site visit on Wednesday was Louis Cicalese, a local Park City resident. Cicalese is helping the county design and select the most preferable location for a new cemetery.
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"Most of us agree that a small cemetery is needed, but we need to work out where, how much land and the operating structure," Cicalese said. "The intention is to create a cemetery that sustains itself, so it’s not a burden to the county."
Last fall, voters approved Proposition 3, which created a Snyderville Basin Cemetery District. The appointed board of the district will eventually decide where a cemetery will be located. On Wednesday, the County Council decided to conduct a feasibility study on the property to choose what course of action should be next.
Jasper, however, was concerned about keeping the property open space. He said that Wendy Fisher, from Utah Open Lands, expressed concern that the property remains open space for the sake of wildlife. He also questioned the necessity of the Cemetery District.
"There are some in the Council who think the Cemetery District isn’t even necessary," Jasper said.
The decision to approve a new cemetery could take months, as more information is still needed.
"At this point we’re not sure if a cemetery will be approved on the site," Cicalese said. "More time is needed to determine the number of graves, crypts and niches necessary to serve the needs of the county residents."
Jasper said the feasibility study on the property could take "a few months." Cicalese stressed the importance of selecting the right site for a cemetery.
"We’d like to create a cemetery that fits into the natural landscape, but is spiritually suitable," Cicalese said.
For questions about the feasibility study and the cemetery site under consideration, contact Bob Jasper at 435-615-3200.
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